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James Feddeck

Feddeck_James_155px.jpgAssistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, James Feddeck made his debut with the orchestra in August 2009 at the Blossom Music Festival. In March 2011, he replaced Franz Welser-Möst at the last minute to conduct the Zürich Opera's staged production of Mozart's Don Giovanni at Severance Hall. He also serves as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

In the United States, Feddeck has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte (with soloist Yo-Yo Ma), Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, St. Louis, San Diego, and Toledo; led performances with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra (Ballet Across America Festival); and appeared several times at the Aspen Music Festival. Before his appointment in Cleveland, Feddeck was assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.

Feddeck's musical training and background is unusually diverse and multifaceted. He was admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in four areas—piano, oboe, organ, and conducting—a rare distinction. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oberlin, he continued his conducting studies at the University of Michigan and at Aspen, where he was a protègè of David Zinman. Feddeck has performed organ recitals throughout Europe and North America, and has been featured on Pipedreams, a nationally syndicated radio program.

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